“(1.) Heb. homit, among the unclean creeping things (Lev. 11:30).” “This was probably the sand-lizard, of which there are many” species in the wilderness of Judea and the Sinai peninsula. “(2.) Heb. shablul (Ps. 58:8), the snail or slug proper. Tristram explains the allusions of this passage by a reference to the heat and drought by which the moisture of the snail is “evaporated. “We find,” he says, “in all parts of the Holy Land” myriads of snail-shells in fissures still adhering by the calcareous exudation round their orifice to the surface of the “rock, but the animal of which is utterly shrivelled and wasted,” “‘melted away.'”

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